The 33 roads where a thousand street lights could be turned off by council bosses, as part of £45m of cuts and savings, have been revealed.

Norfolk County Council will set its budget this week, with proposals to turn off 1,000 street lights among measures to save money.

The Conservative-controlled council says its power bills are rising and switching off 2pc of its 54,000 street lights will save up to £200,000 a year. It would also cut carbon emissions by an annual 76 tonnes.

Norwich Evening News: Norfolk County Council says its power bills have risenNorfolk County Council says its power bills have risen (Image: David Hill)

Council officials have published a list of the initial tranche of streets where it is proposed the lights will be turned off, as public consultation is launched.

Officials say the areas have been picked to have minimal impact on drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and that police and emergency services will be consulted to ensure changes will not increase crime.

The identified roads make up 1.35pc of the 2pc target, with the remaining ones subject to further consultation.

Norwich Evening News: A thousand street lights could be switched offA thousand street lights could be switched off (Image: Archant © 2010)

County Hall, which has previously switched off lights for part of the night at other locations across Norfolk, says it is spending about £4m a year on street lights - and the energy crisis has doubled its costs.

The other proposals being consulted on related to the closure of recycling centres on Wednesdays and changing the hours - and introducing pre-booking - at Norfolk Record Office.

The consultation is at www.norfolk.gov.uk/savingsproposals until March 22.

 

WHERE WOULD LIGHTS BE SWITCHED OFF?

The streets are:

Bacton: B1159 Walcott Road, between Mill Lane and St Helens Road

Bawsey: Lynn Road / Gayton Road, between Mintlyn Wood Road and just east of Chilver House Lane

Caister and Great Yarmouth North: Caister Road / Yarmouth Road, between Caister Bypass/ Yarmouth Road Roundabout and Fremantle Road

Caistor St Edmund: A140 Ipswich Road, between Harford Bridge Roundabout and Mangreen Hall Lane 

Cromer: A148 Holt Road, from Stonehill Way to 150m south-west of Stonehill Way, also Overstrand Road, from Northrepps Road junction to 170m east of Northrepps Road

Dereham: Shipdham Road, between Herne Lane and Nidus Gardens 

Dersingham: Lynn Road, on the southern approach to Dersingham

Great Yarmouth South/Bradwell: Beaufort Way, between Hodds Lane roundabout and Wiltshire Drive roundabout

Heacham: A149 Lynn Road, between Lamsey Lane and Broadway

Hunstanton: Church Road/Waterworks Road, between A149 and Smugglers Close and between A149 and Chapel Bank

King’s Lynn: Edward Benefer Way, between Hamburg Way and Estuary Road

Norwich Evening News: Edward Benefer Way in King's LynnEdward Benefer Way in King's Lynn (Image: Newsquest)

Loddon: A146 Loddon Bypass at the junction with Beccles Road

Newton Flotman/Tasburgh: A140 Ipswich Road / Norwich Road, between Newton Flotman and north of Hempnall Road roundabout

Norwich Evening News: The A140 between Tasburgh and Newton FlotmanThe A140 between Tasburgh and Newton Flotman (Image: Newsquest)

North Walsham: North Walsham Bypass, between Little London Road and Folgate Road. Also Cromer Road, on the western approach up to Greens Road

Ormesby: Scratby Road, between Yarmouth Road Roundabout and 230m north-west of Station Road/California Road Junction, also in Station Road, from Scratby Road junction. And, also in Station Road, at the junction with Scratby Road

Postwick: Peachman Way, between Broadland Way Roundabout and Cranley Road Roundabout 

Spooner Row/Suton, Wymondham: London Road, between Station Road and Eleven Mile Lane

Stalham: Yarmouth Road (A149), from Lower Staithe Road to the last street light beyond The Staithe

Thorpe: Plumstead Road East, between South Hill Road and Green Lane North

Thorpe St Andrew: Dussindale Drive, between Fiennes Road and Plumstead Road East

Norwich Evening News: Dussindale DriveDussindale Drive (Image: Newsquest)

Thurton: Norwich Road, between the Avenues and Vale Road and on Norwich Road approaching from Norwich

Tottenhill/Wormegay: A10, between Hardwick Roundabout and A134 roundabout

Trowse: Kirby Road, between A146 Loddon Road and The Drive 

Walsoken: Lynn Road, between Old Lynn Road junction and Lynn Road Roundabout

Watton: Norwich Road, from Hendon Avenue to Summer Lane

West Runton: A149 from Boulevard Road to Rosebery Road

Wymondham: London Road, from the new roundabout to just past Morley Lane

 

WHAT DO THE POLITICIANS SAY?

Norwich Evening News: Andrew Jamieson, deputy leader of Norfolk County CouncilAndrew Jamieson, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council (Image: Norfolk County Council)

Andrew Jamieson, the council's cabinet member for finance, said: "We are keen to hear people's views on these proposals: we’re working hard to ensure that the vital services the council provides are protected, but that does mean hard decisions need to be made.

"We’ve been operating through a period of reductions to funding, compounded by rising demand and increasing costs to deliver services.

"We believe these proposals can help make the savings we need with minimum impact on our residents, but we want to hear your thoughts on whether these changes are right for Norfolk."

Norwich Evening News: Steve Morphew, leader of the Labour group at Norfolk County CouncilSteve Morphew, leader of the Labour group at Norfolk County Council (Image: Denise Bradley)

But Steve Morphew, leader of the Labour group at County Hall, said: "This just reinforces widespread justifiable cynicism. This is a shallow tick-box exercise on predetermined decisions.

"Conservatives are consulting before council has agreed to even let these proposals go forward, showing disrespect for council and our residents.

"The decisions will then be taken by cabinet, not council. The cuts will already be baked into the budget and there's no attempt to set out what criteria they will use or that responses will make any difference."